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Matsuoka, (Jim) Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress Records
SPC.2020.019  
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Description
This collection includes flyers, newspaper clippings, organizational documents, agendas, publications, books, and other materials related to the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR) organization, formally known as the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations, and one of its founding members, Jim Matsuoka. It also includes material related to the Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization (LTPRO), Japanese Americans, Japanese Latin Americans, Little Tokyo, and incarceration camps.
Background
NCRR (Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress) emerged as a grassroots movement in 1980, fighting for redress and reparations for Nikkei (Japanese Americans) incarcerated during World War II. Founded by Japanese Americans from across the country, NCRR was first known as the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations. The non-profit organization worked to bring the community together to seek justice for the thousands of Nikkei deprived of their civil rights during World War II. NCRR played a pivotal role in helping former Nikkei incarcerees to testify at the 1981 hearings before the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC), a Congress-appointed group charged with conducting an official study of the wartime incarceration of Nikkei. NCRR worked together with other Nikkei organizations, individuals, and Congress members towards enacting the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 that granted reparations. They also fought to ensure that redress was implemented and campaigned for those that were denied the reparations.Jim Matsuoka got his start with the redress movement in the 1970s when he and others founded the Los Angeles Community Coalition on Redress and Reparations (LACCRR), which laid the groundwork for the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations (NCRR). The NCRR, which was later renamed, Nikkei Civil Rights & Redress, lobbied Congress for redress and testified before the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) hearings held in 1981. When the acting chair indicated they were out of time and asked that their testimonies instead be submitted in writing, Jim pounded the table and declared that he would not be silenced.
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10 boxes
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
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